MUSIC: Young Knives make first visit to Clitheroe

Young Knives play at Clitheroe's The Grand on Saturday April 27th. (s)
Young Knives play at Clitheroe's The Grand on Saturday April 27th. (s)

YOUNG Knives are sharpening their instruments for their first visit to Clitheroe.

The group hooked listeners with their first album, “Voices of Animals and Men”, and have been delivering dynamic and eccentric music ever since.

The trio – featuring Dartnell brothers Henry (guitar) and Thomas (bass) and Oliver Askew on drums – landed a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their second album, “Superabundance”, in 2007.

Young Knives will be wowing the Clitheroe audience with old material from their impressive back catalogue and some new tracks.

“The New Musical Express said that our vocals sounded like The Darkness, which I thought was a bit off,” said Henry Dartnell. “We like Adam and the Ants, Sparks and Devo – they’re 10 times cooler than The Darkness.

“We like stuff that’s quite English, but it’s people like Damo Suzuki who deserve acclaim, not people who are commercially successful.

“He’s been on an endless world tour for years. He picks musicians from each city he goes to as his backing band and then shouts over the top. It’s all improvised and we enjoy that sort of stuff.”

He added: “Some of our songs are Krautrock, others are inspired by Beyonce!”

The Young Knives have forged a reputation for energetic live performances and their taste in tweed outfits!

They began their musical adventure playing covers of Ned’s Atomic Dustbin songs with their debut album produced by Andy Gill, the founding member of punk legends Gang of Four. “The Gang of Four have always had a big influence on bands like Franz Ferdinand, but they write finely tuned pop songs that are about as Gang of Four as the Tweenies,” said Henry.

“Andy Gill is a great musician and it’s refreshing to work with people who are so enthusiastic about their music.”

The Young Knives will appear at The Grand on Saturday, April 27th and will be supported by Clitheroe’s bright new things Urban Empire and local indie band Tapestry.

Tickets are £12 in advance – call 01200 421599.

• The Grand’s Acoustic Village, featuring Hence The Tortoise, Dave Metcalfe and Thirty Seven Acres, will bring a breezy combination of folk-pop, traditional and contemporary folk to the theatre the day before – tickets £6 in advance.